- The Fates delight in dissembling -- pay their prophecies no heed!
- -- Hela
The Norns, sisters Skuld, Urd, and Verdandi, were the overseers of the fates of the people of the Ten Realms. They made their lair in the roots of Yggdrasill, the World Tree. The Asgardian Thor, Valkyrie, Balder, and many others consulted the Norn's wisdom over the centuries.
Thor once consulted the Norns to learn how he could wield the mighty weapon of Mjolnir. The Norn told Thor that he must face 'Death' before he could wield such a powerful weapon. It was revealed this meant the Death-goddess Hela.
Pre-Cataclysmic Age, Hyborian Age, Antiquity
The Fates were mentioned and invoked during the ancient times:
- In the Pre-Cataclysmic Age (circa 18,500 and 18,000 BC).
- In the Hyborian Age (circa 10,000 BC) (as the Fates and as the Norns).
- Circa 1st century AD.
The Fates/Norns met with Brunnhilde, who had just arrived at Asgard. They led her to the Well of Mimir and revealed to her visions of an upcoming future. The visions involved Hela at war with a rival, civil war in Valhalla, death decimating mankind and claiming Valkyrie's fellow Defenders, and Valkyrie herself banished to Niffleheim. The Norns claimed that this future could not be prevented.
During the final Ragnarok, Thor confronted the Norns who had learned that their powers were given to them by Those Who Sit Above In Shadow so they could manipulate the destiny of the Asgardians and trigger constant Ragnaroks to feed Those Who Sit Above in Shadow. Wanting to end the continuous Ragnarok cycles the Asgardians were subjected to, Thor ripped apart the Loom of the Fates, destroying everyone within Asgard, including the Norns.
The Norns later turned up alive during the events known as the Siege of Asgard. They confronted the Dark Avenger Daken with a request for him to bring about Ragnarök. Daken eventually decided against it.
The Norns were in Karnilla's Nornkeep when the Dark Council launched a massive invasion in order to prevent the Norns from determining the group's destinies. The Norns were separated and able to flee, but Nornkeep was destroyed, and Karnilla killed.
- The Norns may be the same three beings as the Fates of the Olympian Gods.
- 3 Norns (Fates) (Earth-616) Members
- 27 Appearances of Norns (Fates) (Earth-616)
- 2 Minor Appearances of Norns (Fates) (Earth-616)
- 30 Media Norns (Fates) (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 11 Images that include Norns (Fates) (Earth-616)
- Team Gallery: Norns (Fates) (Earth-616)
Links and References
- Marvel Graphic Novel #15
- Incredible Hercules #116
- Defenders #66
- Marvel Fanfare #34
- Loki Vol 2 #2
- Journey into Mystery #102
- Doctor Strange Vol 2 #78
- Kull the Conqueror Vol 2 #2
- Sub-Mariner #63; Tales of Atlantis: Cataclysm!
- King Conan #2
- Savage Sword of Conan #23; Wizards of the Black Sun
- Savage Sword of Conan #73; Island of Pirate's Doom
- Savage Sword of Conan #79; Island of Pirates' Doom Part VI
- Savage Sword of Conan #94; Death Dwarves of Stygia!
- Savage Sword of Conan #108; The Fear of Crom!
- Savage Sword of Conan #172; Swarm of the Bogwitch
- Savage Sword of Conan #150; Call to the Slain
- Epic Illustrated #12; Royal Hunt
- Thor Vol 2 #85
- Dark Wolverine #82-84
- Mighty Thor #700
- Marvel Tarot #1; Weaver Magic